Past like 80% of my max I have quite a bit of trouble unracking heavy weight for the bench press. Now I know I could ask for a lift-off but at the gym I train at unfortunately most are ignorant of powerlifting and they’ll pull the weight too much and shoulders will come forward or they’ll spot you and help ASAP.
So I’m gonna try bench in the power rack (which I never really do) so I have safeties but, yes, the issue is unracking weight. Many times you hear people say to use your lats to get it to you; dragging the bar to your chest/belly and not pushing on it. But, yes, that’s impossible with the pegs on the rack I have and you need to press it a little.
Issue is, if I press it then my shoulders are going to naturally come forward and then mess up the whole thing.
So what do you guys do? I do see some train alone and go for maxes so it’s definitely doable.
Edit: Like Mike here does it fine and that’s a huge weight although not sure what % it is for him: